I always encourage you to go hit up the town on the weekends. I know we’re all busy, but you can grab a fancy dinner, some drinks, and still have time to enjoy some of the great music this town has to offer. There’s tons going on this weekend, so I’m going to spend a little time today looking at Friday night, that way you have time to plan your evening. I even added some overly basic genres behind the shows to give you an idea at what you could be in for. Read more
I’ll admit that from time to time I have a tendency to revel in my juvenile tendencies, like punk rock and binge drinking. When I first listened to this new single from Fourth of July both of those things came to mind immediately. As the song kicked off, it had this relaxed vocal delivery, sort of like early Cursive albums. Then the tune jumped off into a much more emphatic circle of fun type track, with gang vocals included; these are the sorts of things I definitely can get into. If you, like me, enjoy what you’re hearing, then I suggest you pick up the group’s new record, Empty Moon, when it hits on April 9th from High Dive Records.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/02-DRINKING-BINGE.mp3]
Download:Fourth of July – Binge Drinking [MP3]
We’ve always had one hell of a time at Fun Fest every year, and we always have some fun after the festival discussing our take on each day’s events. This year, we’re letting each one of our writers provide their own take on the weekend with a personal recap of the goings ons so as to not compromise or impose on any one writer’s opinions. I’ll be starting things off today with some random thoughts and favorite bands from the best festival in town. Follow the jump for more from me.
Minor set back for this photographer wasn’t going to slow me down. I had limited access to photo pits on Friday which luckily was remedied before getting going on Saturday. It meant I got to spend a little more time in the crowd, getting shots of the festival, the people.
I did manage to get some musicians doing their thing as well, don’t panic.
The Friday edition includes Sharon Van Etten, Orthy, Bob Mould, Napalm Death, Cursive, Dum Dum Girls and plenty of atmosphere. Hit the break.
Fun Fun Fun Fest is here everybody! As excited as we know everyone is, it’s important to have some sort of plan before you head out to the festival each day. Before you head out, we thought we might give you some recommendations for the day just in case your head is about to explode when trying to decide who you should see. We shall alleviate your pain with the top 5 bands you should make a point to see each day. Now this is by no means a conclusive list and all festival goers should check the full lineup to accomodate their discerning taste. In our mind, these are five bands that you don’t dare miss today! Follow the jump for Friday recs.
Fun Fun Fun Fest is growing ever closer friends, and as promised, we’re going to continue previewing bands right up until the festival starts on Friday. I see it as a great way to start easing us into the weekend with a band playing early on Friday at the festival, so let’s take a look at veteran act Cursive. Follow the jump for more info on the band and their set times.
|Tickets||$12 @ Frontgate|
You music fans have one hell of a show going down at the Mohawk in Austin on Saturday night with a dual headlining show by Cursive and Cymbals Eat Guitars. We here at ATH have always been huge fans of Cursive, even in or young teen days, and we’ll stand by this band being one of the best live acts in the business. Seriously, if you haven’t seen them live before, just fucking do it ok? Opening support for this show is provided by Conduits.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/03-The-Sun-and-Moon-1.mp3]
Download: Cursive – The Sun and Moon [MP3]
Cursive have long been a band deserving of attention in the music game. Hell it seems like only yesterday when I was jamming their 2000 effort Domestica, which I still consider their best work. New music comes from the group today in the form of the new song found below “The Sun and Moon”. This track will appear on Cursive’s upcoming new album I Am Gemini due out February 21st on Saddle Creek Records. A pre-order for the new album has actually been set up already for you fans.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/03-The-Sun-and-Moon-1.mp3]
Download: Cursive – The Sun and Moon [MP3]
|Date||Tuesday, September 6th|
|Tickets||$12 from Frontgate|
It’s quite possible that you’ve forgotten Tim Kasher, as Cursive seems to have slowed things down, but Tim’s been doing his own thing for quite some time, wether under his given name or The Good Life. He’s always got a personal story to tell, and he weaves his words well. You’ll be able to enjoy his passion for songwriting, with a full band no less, Tuesday night at the Mohawk, which should also give you time to enjoy the great weather we seem to have stumbled upon. Also opening the show is Aficionado and Milk Thistle. Give it a go; you’ve got nothing to lose.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/05-Cold-Love.mp3]
Download: Tim Kasher – Cold Love [MP3]
A few years back I Was a King burst into my life, and I couldn’t have been happier. They recalled bits of my favorite under-appreciated band, The Comas, as well as hints of Teenage Fanclub. On their latest outing, Old Friends, the group adds a few little twists to the foray, though nothing that ultimately changes the established sound of the group.
From the minute you get into opening track “The Wylde Boys,” you can tell that Old Friends will definitely have a bit of a facelift. There’s this distortion/horn jam opening the track, and in fact, it probably detracts from the band’s meat and potatoes. But, once the killer drumming jumps in appropriately and those warm hypnotic guitar lines clean things out, you’re in heaven.
Once you get into the nitty-gritty of the album, fans of amazing power-pop will definitely find themselves enjoying repeated listens. “Echoes” has a great little stomping beat that supplies perfect opportunities for the guitar to wrap itself around your eardrums. These are the type of tracks fan of I Was a King were probably expecting from this record. But, as much as these moments clearly leave you in love with the band, there are some disarming elements, at least as far as construction of the songs go.
Take the single, “Daybreak,” which would be one of my favorite songs, period, if you could only remove some odd things that just don’t belong. First, you have that thirty second intro, seemingly belonging to a Beirut demo that made the trash. Second, that damn horn! Why on Earth does a splendid band with incredible hooks add the usage of a horn to flesh out their sound? It’s reminiscent of the time Cursive included horns to their post-punk sound; it doesn’t work. Some things are better left untouched. Perhaps the band found themselves stuck in a rut, battling to push themselves in a new direction, but this might not have been the best direction one could go.
Excitingly, there are some new touches here that excite me, as a long time fan. “Snow Song” begins with some acoustic strumming, and Frode’s voice sounding as pristine as it does in the live setting. It’s not straight-ahead power-pop, and it doesn’t have to be in order for I Was a King to pull it off. This is something I probably wish the band realized more. “Old Friends,” similarly has this great little bit of swing to it, and this cool, breeze-like vocal that accompanies the entire track. It’s a great closer, and a great piece of songwriting.
Oddly, Old Friends is still a winning record. There are a few miscues here and there, but even those odd spots don’t do enough to make you forget that the combination of melody and shredding guitars never sounded as perfectly as it does here. And the drumming, the drumming is phenomenal. I Was a King might have pushed themselves for this new record, and while I may not whole-heartedly agree with every step, I can appreciate spreading out into new territory. As long as they can still write those power-pop hooks that win any reasonable listener over, they’ll continue to progress, and continue to make me a fan, day after day.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/I-Was-A-King-Daybreak.mp3]
Download: I Was A King – Daybreak [MP3]